MSc Trauma Sciences (Military and Humanitarian), MSc Orthopaedic Trauma Science

The management of major trauma patients spans across many disciplines, including prehospital settings (civilian and military), emergency and critical care, specialised surgery and inpatient services and rehabilitation. Our online distance learning MSc programmes aim to provide the student with the contemporary knowledge and science which underpins optimal trauma management.

Lectures are delivered by some of the global leading trauma experts. The online nature of the programme means that lectures are available for students to watch when time allows in order to ensure flexibility.

The MSc Trauma Sciences/Orthopaedic Trauma Science are open to anyone working clinically within Major Trauma, both in the UK and Internationally. 

Professionals seeking to expand their academic and professional portfolio while making a genuine contribution to the field of Trauma are invited to apply. 

MSc outline:

Year One:

Six CORE modules (which differ between programmes) including Trauma Systems, Haemorrhage and the response to injury, Trauma to the pelvis and torso, Neurotrauma, Fracture biology and limb trauma, Critical Care, Paed trauma and limb reconstruction

One elective module: including military and humanitarian trauma, burns, open fractures and orthoplastics.

Optional two-week summer school (see below)

Module assessments are conducted through timed MCQ examinations and written assignments.

Each MSc varies in course content. For more information, visit the website Here

Year Two:

The second year starts with a Research Methods module prior to the commencement of the Dissertation.

This research project has been designed to enable MSc students to prepare their dissertations for publication by the end of the programme.

To access previously published Dissertations from the Trauma MSc: Click Here

*Students from a variety of backgrounds are welcome on the programme, if you have any questions about eligibility, please visit the Course Page



MSc Summer School

First year students on the MSc Trauma Sciences and MSc Orthopaedic Trauma Science programme have the option of further developing their knowledge, technical skills and professionalism by attending our unique residential London Summer School.

The London Summer School incorporates simulated scenario training to complement students’ didactic learning and provide a solid grounding in the core clinical functions required to manage seriously injured patients.

Students can engage in workshops with the London’s Air Ambulance, surgical and splinting skills and clinical trauma simulations, as well as hear from leaders in the trauma field. A huge range of topics are covered including conflict surgery, orthopaedic injury management, traumatic arrest and thoracotomy, challenging case simulations and more. 

Over the course of two weeks, students will attend:

Lead lectures and interactive sessions

Visits to various London sites such as the London's Air Ambulance Helipad

Group project sessions

Networking events, welcome reception and after-school socials.



How to Apply

You can apply for these courses on-line:

MSc Trauma Sciences

MSc Trauma Sciences (Military and Humanitarian)

MSc Orthopaedic Trauma Science

For more information, please see the Application Information Page

2024/2025 applications are open.

The Centre for Trauma Sciences Scholarship

The Centre for Trauma Sciences provides up to ten scholarships (five for the TS programmes and five for the Ortho programmes) to medical professionals who are from a range of professional and socioeconomic backgrounds. The scholarship covers 50% of the fees for the course. 

Those eligible must be a national of and a resident of a low or middle-income country (LMIC) as determined by the World Bank -

Applicants are asked to submit a 500-word essay on how the MSc will help their education, career and injured patients in their institution or region. 

Applicants will have needed to submit the formal MSc application to Queen Mary Univerisity of London prior to sending the essay to

For more information about the scholarship requirements, please contact the MSc administrator at

The application deadline is August 1, 2024. 

MSc Leads

Professor Karim Brohi, MBBS, FRCS, FRCA

Professor of Trauma Sciences

Founder - International Masters in Trauma Sciences Suite of Programmes

Centre for Trauma Sciences  - Queen Mary University of London


Dr Elaine Cole, PhD, MSc, BSc, FHEA

Senior Lecturer Trauma Sciences

Co-Director MSc Trauma Sciences

Director of Research and Innovation, London Major Trauma System


Mr Chris Aylwin, MBBS, MA, FRCS, FHEA

Senior Lecturer Trauma Sciences

Co-Director MSc Trauma Sciences

Consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon


Mr Kash Akhtar MBBS, BSc, MEd FRSA FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Reader in Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust, London.

Senior Clinical Academic Lecturer & Course Director MSc Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences,

The Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Centre for Trauma Sciences  - Queen Mary University of London 


Mr Pete Bates, BSc. MBBS MRCS FRCS (Tr and Orth)

The Royal London Hospital, Clinical Lead for orthopaedics

Honorary Senior Lecturer, MSc Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences

The Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Centre for Trauma Sciences  - Queen Mary University of London 







Trauma Masters - World First

C4TS is the only institution in the world to offer distance learning post-graduate courses in trauma sciences.

Student Quotes

“The most inspirational and educational experience ever! Thanks to the faculty for making it real!” – Francesca

"As a critical care nurse and lecturer...this course enabled me to deliver a higher standard of trauma care" -  Dean

“Thanks for the educational (and entertaining!) experience during the summer school. I think enthusiastic and dedicated people surround the MSc, so having a good time in London was inevitable!” – Ingrid

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